I know, I know…I did say that I wouldn’t be purchasing another journal until I had completed my “Wreck This Journal” but upon seeing other people’s “Anti-Journal” pages on instagram I made the decision to buy the book while it was on offer on Amazon for £3.85. It was probably the best decision I have made. EVER. I am working on them both concurrently and have completed a few new pages, one in my Wreck This Journal and 4 in my Anti-Journal. here they are…
Page 10 in my Wreck This Journal
“Write One Word over and Over”
I chose the word Love based on it being one of the most used words we say and probably one of the words that has so many different meanings depending on how it is used… there is the traditional “I love you”, then “I love this/that/the other object” where Love is in place of “strongly liking” the object. Sometimes, that word can be overused and become meaningless and I wanted to depict that but at the same time be able to portray it as its word suggests to me, bright, vibrant and happy. I wrote the word “Love” in big graffiti style lettering and used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners to write the word over and over as the background, in bright, vibrant colours. this page seemed to take ages as I kept having to swap over colours and write as neatly as possible, making all the background words the same size. Half way through the page I nearly gave up though, as my hand was getting achy and I started to feel a bit fed up of writing the same word, but I’m happy that I stuck with it and really like (love!!!) how the page turned out!
Now, onto my “Anti-Journal” pages…
Page 1 – “Anti-Journal”
I chose this page as the first one to complete…
I chose this page as I really liked the first square, (the one with the orange dots, under the title “Repeat and Alter”). I decided to repeat the pattern and then on other squares use the elements from the first to alter each square. The elements are 3 lines, one circle with a centre dot, two blank circles and four dots. I had no pre-conception of how I wanted the page to look once finished, however I did decide that I wanted the lines to flow into neighbouring boxes so that the pattern created would link together. I filled each square in black, creating the lines and shapes before choosing to add colour once I had fitted all the elements into each box just to add further interest to the page.
Page 2 – “Anti-Journal”
And the finished piece…
This is the “Allow Yourself to Be Bold” page. I chose to use circles to create a pattern that in itself is as bold as the colours I chose to fill the design with. I chose circles as I have a bit of a soft spot for that particular shape though I really have no idea why. And I really like how you can create designs by overlapping the circles to create “floral” shapes. I outlined all the circles in black felt pen to make the shape pop a bit and then filled the shapes in with bright coloured felt pens. I chose to colour the spaces between the “flowers” with a royal blue to act as a background for the shapes.
Page 3 – “Anti-Journal”
“Colours I Love/Hate/Feel Indifferent About”
This page was really hard for me to create as I don’t think there is any colour I truly “hate”, not even brown…all colours have their moment, and in the correct setting, all colours are beautiful. However, I am a lover of all things bright and bold – Neon colours are my favourite, so I worked from there as a starting point. I then worked my way into the colours I feel indifferent about as to me, they are just darker versions of the brighter/bolder colours I gravitate towards normally and the only reason I chose browns as the colours I hate are that these are the only felt pens that I never use and never seem to dry up – seriously, some of these felt pens are from when I bought markers for my Foundation Degree $ years ago!!! It kind of made sense, from that reasoning, to use brown for the colours I hate.
Page 4 – “Anti-Journal”
“Be Quiet With Lines – Be Loud With Lines”
For this pair of pages I chose water and thunder as my inspiration for the lines. On the left I tried to create wavy lines that mimic the flow of water and coloured them with calm, soothing colours, whereas on the right I chose to create zig-zag lines, with a lightening bolt through the middle to represent noise and loudness. I coloured this with really bright, in your face colours in order to represent the noise.
I hope you are all enjoying my pages, if you would like to see more head over to my Instagram (you can find me on this link or follow me @siouxsietench), alternatively, I am on twitter, either @dreamnails01 or @suzitench 🙂 )